It's actually insulting as to how completely dense most employees of ANY music store are about band instruments in general. I see it all of the time in I'd say 80+% of music stores I know of and/or visit. If it's not guitar, audio, keyboards or drums, they stare at you like a deer stares into headlights. The sad truth is most music stores don't hire people based on their knowledge of music or equipment, but more or less a "body" to put in hours. Are there some stores that are at least semi-knowledgeable? Sure, but the percentage is small. Of course, specialty shops like PM Woodwinds, Saxquest, etc. exist, but I'm talking about your basic "music" stores.... and That, my friends, is why you don’t buy a saxophone from a big box guitar store.
Nice and cool doesn't translate to knowledgeable and your last sentence confirms that. But hey, I'm sure they were "hip" and smiled a lot. ;-)Not surprised. Their staff are nice and cool people- however not too sax oriented. I wen to the sam ash in hollywood and they didn't know if my horn was a mark vi or not.
I know my store had a tech in-house but it didn't matter because nothing they sold was playable either.The demo horns in our local Sam Ash usually have regulation problems. I told an employee one time that they should get their tech to run a leak light down the horn. He looked at me as though I was from outer space. The sign by the door says ‘we repair band instruments ‘, however I think they sub that out to somebody off site.
I once identified a fake GUITAR at a guitar shop! They had bought a Fender “Esprit” (aka “Robben Ford” model), believing the seller that told them it was a Fender Custom Shop model, even though it was stamped “Made in Japan” on the back of the headstock. I bought the guitar after they lowered the asking price from $2400 to $800.Some of my best finds were from a guitar store that had no clue what they were selling...
Hey SimonWoW!!! Not even a good fake.
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How long do you have? Because we are going to be here for a long time.Hey Simon
(me) not being an expert , I would like to ask - what would be a give away that a sax is a fake...(e.g. most evident sign)?
And how "good" is a good fake, say - compared to a true Selmer tenor...